Yesterday me and dad stepped the mast in the yard for a dry run to make sure we had everything needed to sail my new to me hobie 16, everything looked to be in pretty good shape for the price we got it at, the mast went up, the sails went up no problems at all and all seemed well, after that we helped out mom and since we did that I got to go sailing on mothers day. We had wind speeds of about 15 knots while we were sailing, here is a buoy from the sound
MYSound: Western Long Island Sound Buoy - Time Series
it is in the middle but the location we were at had the wind coming right off the sound over the bay and right on to the beach. We got the boat down to a local beach and me and my older brother were able to rig
up the boat alone w/o the help of dad, we finally get it all set and start out going on a reach down the beach, while I am hooked into the trapeze the mainsheet wiggles its way out of my hands and i lose it but it is stuck in the jam cleat
, now you would think that is OK but it wasn't. We got a nice little gust and we are hobie virgins so we flew a hull for a few seconds and buried the bow and I went flying, all this hell cause the elastic which holds the trapeze from flapping around to snap and made it unusable, the cotton jib
halyard also snapped and we were stuck pointed into the wind, we drift back to the beach and replace the haylard with nylon and the trapeze we tied up and we were good to go, me and my brother flew, had a few perfect tacks for us which was amazing since we had never sailed a beach cat before and we didn't even have to back wind the jib
a couple times, overall it was a great sail and a great way to spend the weekend, And the water was perfect!